|Troy M. Thomas|
|Justin M. Washington|
OCEAN CITY, MD – (August 18, 2015): Two Baltimore men were arrested early Monday morning after they refused to pay their taxi fare and assaulted the driver.
On August 17, 2015, at approximately 2:46 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 126th Street and Coastal Highway for a report of an armed robbery.
Four individuals refused to pay for a taxi fare. Two of the individuals, later identified as Justin M. Washington, 26, and Troy M. Thomas, 24, of Baltimore, MD, threatened and assaulted the driver before stealing approximately $60 in US currency and the keys to the taxi.
Upon arrival, officers observed Washington and Thomas chasing the taxi driver south on Coastal Highway. Thomas had a softball-sized rock in his possession at the time. Washington was taken into custody without incident. Thomas fled to a nearby condominium and was later arrested.
Ocean City police have charged Thomas with first and second degree assault, theft of less than $100, possession of a deadly weapon, armed robbery and robbery. Washington has been charged with robbery, second degree assault and theft of less than $100.
Both suspects were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Thomas was initially held on a $75,000 bond, however, after a bond review the amount was reduced to $25,000. He remains in custody at the Ocean City Public Safety Building. Washington was released after posting $50,000 bond.